The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) celebrated its 13th Raising Day in New Delhi.
The Director Intelligence Bureau, Rajiv Jain was the chief guest on this occasion.
The meeting highlighted the disaster threat of country and important changes have taken place in Disaster Management in India and across the world.
Uttarakhand introduced for the first time in the country, ultrasound will be performed on wild animals to detect pregnancy before administering reproduction control method on them.
The state government has granted the certification to use ultrasound machines for detection of pregnancy in wild animals.
The Dynamics of using ultrasound machines are different for humans and wild animals.
In case of humans, it is used to determine the gender and safety whereas, in wild animals, the test is done to confirm pregnancy and then the animal is released into the wild undisturbed.
Mauritius was the largest source of foreign investment in India (21.8 percent share at market value), followed by the US and the UK, according to a census by the Reserve Bank of India.
Singapore and Japan were the next two sources of foreign direct investment (FDI), reported the Census on Foreign Liabilities and Assets of Indian Direct Investment Companies 2016-17, released by RBI.
Indian shuttler Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna with their respected partners swiftly entered into the men's doubles third round at the Australian Open which is being held in Melbourne.
Divij Sharan and his American partner Ram registered a victory over the Fabio Fognini and Marcel Granollers by 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in the second round which lasted for two hours and eight minutes.
However, it was a hard fought win for Divij Sharan and his American partner Ram after clinching few points at a crucial time in the match.
After winning this match, Divij Sharan equaled his best Grand Slam performance by reaching the men’s doubles third round at the Australian Open.
Last year Sharan had made the third round at the French Open with Purav Raja. He had also reached the US Open third round in 2013.
Indian cricket team registered an emphatic victory over Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the ICC Under-19 World Cup at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui .
Notably, with this win Indian team finished their rout of Group B with staying at the top in the points table.
After opted to bat first, Zimbabwe was bowled out for 154 in 48.1 overs, with Indian left-arm spinners Anukul Roy taking 4 wickets after conceding only 20 runs while Arshdeep Singh and Abhishek Sharma took 2 wickets each. Zimbabwe were 110/3 at one stage but lost their last seven wickets for 44 runs.
In-form Indian batsmen chased down the small target in an easy manner as Harvick Desai scored 56 runs unbeaten while Shubham Gill scored 90 runs.
The target of 155 runs was achieved by India without losing any wicket. With the win, the Prithvi Shaw led side remain unbeaten in the group B. India have already sealed their spot in the quarterfinals.
The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley launched the National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal in Delhi.
This initiative is a significant step towards driving accountability and transparency for corporate India.
The portals’ easy accessibility to the general public will ensure a high level of compliance and will also help in institutionalizing and consolidate the CSR activities.
The launch of the portals will bring 100 percent transparency in corporate governance by making public over 4-crore filings of nearly 1.2 million companies.
The fourth edition of the India International Science Festival will be held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
The decision to hold the Festival in Lucknow was taken at the first preparatory meeting for the 4th India International Science Festival (IISF).
The meeting was chaired by Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
The 1st IISF was held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) New Delhi.
India had also set a Guinness Book of World Records when 2000 school students performed two experiments at the Festival.
Banking finance company AU Small Finance Bank signed a MoU with LIC to offer Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY).
Under the MoU, LIC will give a life cover of Rs2 lakh in case of death to the customer at a nominal premium of Rs330 per annum.
The company has re-entered the housing finance segment.
The company will also offer loans under government’s affordable housing and subsidy schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
The product will be targeted for both salaried and self- employed (professional and non-professional) customers.
Famous Cartoonist Chandi Lahiri passed away after a brief period of illness, marking the end of a chapter in Bengal's history of the cartoon.
Lahiri was 86.
Marked by simplicity and ease, Lahiri left generations of Bengalis enthralled with his brand of humor that was non-acerbic for the past five decades.
Indian Naval Ship Vikramaditya, the Indian Navy's largest ship, and its sole aircraft carrier were formally affiliated to the Indian Army's highly-decorated and battle-hardened Bihar Regiment and the Indian Air Force's No 6 Squadron.
It is tasked with maritime strike operations with its Jaguar fighter aircraft. A glittering ceremony was held onboard INS Vikramaditya at the Karwar Naval Base, Karnataka.
India will offer Yoga training sessions at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, in a move aimed at promoting Indian traditions abroad.
More than 70 heads of states are expected to attend the summit next week. PM Narendra Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to attend the summit in 21 years.
Two yoga teachers from India will hold daily classes next week at the summit, which has attracted 70 heads of state and government, including U.S. President Donald Trump as well as celebrities, chief executives and top bankers.
Modi will be the first Indian prime minister to attend the WEF in 21 years, since when the economy has more than doubled to $2.3 trillion and become the world’s seventh largest.
The Union Government appointed senior IAS officer S Selvakumar as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd (SPMCIL).
He replaced Anurag Agarwal.
The state-owned SPMCIL produces banknotes, coins, postage stamps, non-judicial stamps and other official documents.
President Ram Nath Kovind unveiled a book on heartfulness techniques and principles titled 'The Heartfulness Way'. Kamlesh D. Patel is the author of this book.
It is the fourth Global Guide of Heartfulness.
Joshua Pollock is the second author of this book. It was launched by Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu.
India joined the Australia Group export control regime and has become the 43rd Member of that Group.
It is an informal forum which seeks to ensure that exports do not contribute to the development of chemical or biological weapons.
The inclusion will raise India’s stature in the field of non-proliferation and help in acquiring critical technologies.
India managed entry into Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia Group despite not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced the list of nine new Smart Cities, which have emerged winners in Round 4.
These nine cities are, Silvassa in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Erode in Tamil Nadu, Diu in Daman and Diu, Bihar Sharif in Bihar, Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Kavaratti in Lakshadweep.
Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp rolled out a feature that connects small businesses with customers.
Currently, only Android users can access the feature and they can avail of it through the latest update of the app.
The new feature will be available first in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, UK and the US before being launched globally in the coming weeks.
As per the Power Minister RK Singh, India will set up a $350-million fund to finance solar projects as the country steps up efforts to achieve its ambitious target of adding 175 gigawatts (GW) in renewable energy by 2022.
The announcement was made at an event organized by the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Installed renewable power capacity is currently about 60 GW, and India plans to complete the bidding process by the end of 2019/20 to add a further 115 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022.
Amplus Energy Solutions announced entering into a pact with private sector lender Yes Bank for a strategic tie-up to co-finance projects in the solar energy space in India.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed at International Solar Alliance pavilion at the World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi.
The 10th edition of Global Forum for Food & Agriculture was held in Berlin, Germany from 18th -20th January 2018.
The theme of this year’s event is “Shaping the future of livestock – sustainably, responsibly, efficiently”.
The Indian delegation to the event is led by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
The event was organized by Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMEL) in cooperation with GFFA Berlin e.V., Senate of Berlin.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Government of India and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in the presence of Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu to enhance import and export performance.
The Centre has entrusted the task of integrated development of the logistics sector to the Department of Commerce.
The Election Commission of India, Achal Kumar Joti announced dates for elections to the Assemblies of Meghalaya, Tripura, and Nagaland.
The CEC announced the polling for legislative assembly elections in Tripura on 18 February, while Meghalaya and Nagaland will go to vote on 27 February.
All the three states have 60 seats each in their assembly.
The tenure of the Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland Assemblies expire on March 6, March 13 and March 14, 2018, respectively.
The State elections to Karnataka, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are also due this year.
India Ratings and Research have projected the country’s economic growth to improve to 7.1 percent in 2018-19 from 6.5 percent in 2017-18, buoyed by robust consumer demand and low commodity prices.
In its outlook for 2018-19, according to the agency, there will be a gradual pickup in growth momentum owing to structural reforms like GST and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code in place.
The projection is a tad lower than 7.4 percent growth estimated by Asian Development Bank and International Monetary Fund for next fiscal.
Drug price regulator National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) fixed retail price for 30 drug formulations, including those used for the treatment of Diabetics, bacterial infections, and high blood pressure.
NPPA is an independent body under Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. It was set up in 1997.
Its mandate is to fix/review.
Essential medicines are those that satisfy the priority health care needs of the country’s population.
Maharashtra became the first state in the country to unveil Public Cloud Policy that virtually mandates state government departments to shift their data storage.
The State Government had formed a four-member committee to draft policy framework on cloud usage.
The policy will result in additional private sector investments worth the US $2 billion for cloud industry as the government is one of biggest creators.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decided to set up Cyber Warrior Police Force (CWPF) and Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) to tackle internet-related crimes such as cyber threats, child pornography, and online stalking.
The CWPF is likely to operate under National Information Security Policy and Guidelines wing of MHA’s CIS division.
The State cybersecurity cells will form the foundation of centralized CWPF.
Virat Kohli was named the captain of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test and One-Day International (ODI) teams of the year that included four other Indians as well.
Kohli scored 2,023 runs at 77.80, including eight centuries and three half-centuries in 18 matches during the qualification period.
He surprisingly pipped Australian skipper Steve Smith for the ICC’s Test team captaincy.
The Test team also comprises Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin. Kohli, the Winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and ODI Cricketer of the Year awards, was chosen to lead the ICC ODI team, which includes Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah as the other two Indians.
India’s most-valued lender HDFC Bank Limited crossed Rs5 trillion capitalization action for the first time, making it only the third Indian company to achieve this milestone.
In intraday trade, the stock touched a fresh record high of Rs1,53.75 on the BSE, up 3.31% from its previous close.
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) and Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) are the other two companies which crossed market capitalisation of Rs5 trillion.
President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2016 at a function held in New Delhi.
The Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards are recognized as among the most coveted national honors bestowed on performing artists as well as teachers and scholars of performing arts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PM Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated the 'iCreate Centre' at Deo Dholera in Ahmedabad. iCreate paves way for the two nations to jointly script new stories of success through innovation.
The two leaders also visited the startup exhibition at the venue and interacted with entrepreneurs and innovators.
They awarded winners of the India Israel Innovation Challenge 2017.
These include 2 challenges each in agriculture, healthcare and water.
India test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-V inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), which has a strike range of over 5,000km.
The ICBM can reach the northern-most parts of China. Agni-V was last tested in December 2016, in what was described as the fourth and final experimental test of the three-stage ICBM.
Digital invoice discounting marketplace - Invoicemart has tied up with state-run lender Bank of Baroda to discount invoices for MSMEs.
Buyers and sellers registered in the marketplace will now be able to access funding from Bank of Baroda.
Invoicemart is a joint venture between Axis Bank Ltd and junction services ltd. Bank of Baroda had recently announced that it was stepping up its focus on supply chain financing.
TReDS is an online mechanism that helps MSMEs unlock working capital without the hassle of applying for loans.
India took part in a two-day meeting of the international military cooperation departments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Beijing, China.
An Indian delegation was led by Major General Ajay Seth. The meeting discussed issues of practical cooperation among SCO nations.
This is the first meeting attended by India in the field of defense cooperation under the SCO framework.
India and Pakistan were admitted in 2017 into the grouping in which China plays an influential role.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Jojana’ (MMKSJ) – an assistance scheme for Artists in the state. Around 50,000 artists will be benefited from this.
The Union Government decided to give Rs 1,200 per month as artist assistance.
The CM confirmed that the government has also changed the eligibility criteria for availing MMKSJ. Under the new scheme, a male artist can avail assistance after attaining the age of 50 years instead of the existing 60 years.
The age criteria for female artists have been reduced to 40 years from 50 years.
Actor Sudhir Dalvi honored with the Janakavi P Sawlaram award at a function held in Mumbai.
The award is jointly given by the Thane Municipal Corporation and the Janakavi P Savlaram Kala Samiti.
Well-known dancer Jaishree T was bestowed with the Ganga Jamuna award, which is instituted in memory of a popular song written by Sawlaram.
Mr. Dalvi featured on the famous TV show "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" and other Hindi serials.
Market regulator The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) approved the appointment of Vijay Kumar as Managing Director and CEO of the country’s largest agri-commodity bourse NCDEX.
Mr. Kumar is a former chief business officer at NCDEX.
The exchange's selection committee had picked his name for the MD and CEO's post from a list of 11 candidates.
India and Sri Lanka signed four agreements for collaboration in the Information and communication technology (ICT) sector, setting up of an e-office system and connecting of National Knowledge Network (NKN) for collaboration among universities and academics.
With the move, Sri Lanka has become the first country to be connected to India’s NKN through a Gigabyte optical fiber network.
The MoU for cooperation was signed by Union minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad with his Sri Lankan counterpart, during his visit to Colombo.
Saksham (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav) is an annual flagship event of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India.
The event focuses on the active involvement of the Oil & Gas PSUs along with other stakeholders like State Governments, for creating focused attention on fuel conservation through people-centric activities.
The month-long campaign aims to intensify efforts for making citizens aware of the conservation and effective utilization of petroleum products.
The two-day International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) successfully concluded in New Delhi.
It had set the stage for taking the dialogue on resilient infrastructure forward at the global level.
The Workshop was organized by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) jointly with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). MoS (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju delivered the Valedictory Address. The workshop was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh.
The Centre sanctioned projects over 10,000 crore rupees in the North East for better network connectivity.
Two MoUs have been signed to cover the uncovered areas in the North East including Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Telecommunication Minister Manoj Sinha has been given to upgrade the network connection in border areas.
The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs decided to end Haj subsidy from this year as a part of its policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement.
This decision was taken based on the recommendations of Afzal Amanullah Committee and May 2012 Supreme Court order.
The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city for Muslims. It is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out.
The NITI Aayog launched the first course on Sustainable Urban planning using remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) at IIT Kanpur.
This is the first course conducted under Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN) Program of Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The course aims to give participants state-of-the-art remote sensing and GIS skills to allow them managing rapidly changing the urban environment of Indian cities.
Its prime focus is on issues such as water resource management, water pollution, and water treatment facilities.
India’s largest IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) signed an over GBP 500 million (USD 690 million) deal with M&G Prudential, the UK and European savings and investments business of Prudential plc.
Under the contract, TCS will digitally transform M&G Prudential’s business and deliver enhanced service for its UK savings and retirement customers.
“The value of this agreement exceeds GBP 500 million (USD 690 million) over 10 years and covers the support of over 4 million customer policies.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released the first image captured by its Cartosat-2 series satellite which was launched from Sriharikota on January 12.
The image shows a part of Indore, Madhya Pradesh with the Holkar Cricket Stadium in the center.
The Earth-observing satellite, weighing 710 kg, was successfully launched with 30 others aboard a PSLV-C40 rocket, completing 100 Indian satellites in orbit.
Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu announced an exclusive industrial development scheme to expand and promote business activities in the state.
Winding up the discussion on the Budget for 2018-19 in the Assembly, Drabu said that under the scheme, to be rolled out soon, central capital investment subsidy of 30 percent would be provided for plant and machinery and buildings for hotels.
The first time that such benefits are being extended to the services sector.
Around three per cent interest subsidy for five years and 100 percent insurance subsidy under the scheme.
All new industrial units in manufacturing and services sector operational in the state will be eligible for various benefits under this scheme.
The third edition of the geo-political conference – Raisina Dialogue was held in New Delhi.
It was inaugurated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
The theme of the conference for this year is ‘Managing Disruptive Transitions: Ideas, Institutions, and Idioms’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the project commencement of the Rajasthan Refinery at Pachpadra in Barmer district.
This is the first oil refinery in the state. The 43,000 crore rupee project is a joint venture between HPCL and the Rajasthan Government.
The refinery is expected to be operational in 4 years and the state will have an additional income of 34,000 crore rupees from it.
The project is expected to generate thousands of direct and indirect jobs.
Indian Oil Corporation signed Letters of Intent (LoI) with Phinergy, an Israeli start-up company, and YEDA, a technology spin-off company from Weizmann Research Institute, Israel.
The agreement with Phinergy will allow Indian Oil to work on adoption of advanced energy systems for the Indian market both for mobility and stationary industrial applications.
This association could lead to the setting up of manufacturing units for these energy systems initially in India.
The Indo-US joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Seattle in the third week of January in line with the increasing military cooperation between both countries.
In this edition of bilateral exercise, Indian Army team from the Southern Command will participate.
The exercise will mainly focus on special operations in urban areas.
Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore made the announcement during the launch of the official anthem and mascot of Khelo India School Games, beginning January 31.
Now when an athlete wins a medal at Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympics, the coach gets the incentive.
The video features India's eminent sports personalities such as Sardar Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Devendra Jhajharia, Baichung Bhutia, Pullela Gopichand, Leander Paes, Mary Kom, Akhil Kumar, Sakshi Malik and Saina Nehwal.
Bangladesh, India, and Nepal agreed on the text of operating procedures for passenger vehicle movement (Passenger protocol) in sub-region under Bangladesh - Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA).
The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of High-level officials of three decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of High-level officials of three countries held in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
It was convened and chaired by India’s Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).